NG9-5 Rear Vision Camera System — Can it be retrofitted?

Found in the “Workshop Information System” (aka “WIS”) while reading up on the MY2011 9-5:

Rear Vision Camera System Operation

The components used in the rear vision camera system are the camera, located at the rear of the vehicle, and the navigation radio.

When the vehicle is placed in REVERSE, the body control module sends a 12 V signal to the rearview camera. This signal indicates that rear vision camera operation is required. Upon receipt of this signal, the camera will begin the power up cycle. The navigation radio also receives a serial message that indicates that reverse gear is engaged. When the radio receives the message it initiates the display start cycle. The rear vision camera transmits the video signal to the navigation radio through discrete + and – signal circuits. A metallic foil encases the video signal circuits and is tied to a shield ground circuit. This shield is designed to reduce electronic interference which may degrade the video signal and cause a distorted or otherwise degraded image.

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9-5 Diesel under 120 g/km CO2 (?)

Magnus Hansson seems to like to keep people interested in Saab by spreading rumours about new Saab cars.

On march 2010 he spoke about the 9-3 emitting less than 120 g/km CO2. A couple of months later those cars were on sale.

Well it seems like Mr. Hansson is spreading some rumours once again. In an interview about Saab hunting for Volvo and Audi in the company car market in Sweden he indicates that Saab has still some card to put on the table.

Original text:

Dragloket i dag är den mindre 9-3:an, som också har kämpat sig under den magiska miljöbilsgränsen på 120 gram koldioxid per kilometer, något som är viktigt inte minst för företagsförsäljningen. Frågan är om det kan vara något som även 9-5:an kommer under?

– Det får vi se, säger Magnus Hansson och ler.


Main engine is now less of 9-3: an, who also has struggled over the magic green car limit of 120 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, which is important, especially for corporate sales.The question is whether there might be something that even 9-5 is over?

– We’ll see, “said Magnus Hansson and smiles.

So, will we see a 9-5 emitting less than 120 g/km CO2?

I say yes. And although I have no Djup Strupe to back up my affirmation, I see different hints out there that point in that direction.

2011 will be a very interesting Year for Saab !!!!!

Thanks to Gaijp and TurboLover for the hint.


BMW will present in March its 320d Efficient dynamics Touring with 161hp and 114 g/km CO2.

This is in my eyes the only competitor for the Saab, because BMW is also trying to combine good performance with low CO2 values.

A word on those 2011 model updates

Saab surprised all by letting out press releases earlier today with regard to the 2011 Saab 9-3 and the 2011 Saab 9-5.

A summary release gives the main dot points.


Trollhättan, Sweden: For Model Year 2011, Saab is introducing major powertrain improvements: class-leading CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km in the 9-3 range and a wider engine choice for the newly-launched 9-5 sedan.

Saab 9-3 range:

  • Class-leading CO2 emissions of just 119 g/km with 4.5 l/100km combined cycle fuel economy for diesel-powered Saab 9-3 Sport Sedans in Linear or Vector specification. In terms of CO2 per unit of horsepower, the 180 hp engine delivers the most efficient performance in the compact segment.
  • More powerful 1.9-liter diesels, all with two-stage turbocharging. New 130 hp TTiD replaces the previous 120 hp, single turbo TiD unit and a 160 hp TTiD version replaces the 150 hp TiD. They join the range-topping 180 hp/400 Nm TTiD variant.
  • Average10 percent reduction in CO2 emissions across the gasoline and diesel range
  • New 163 hp, 2.0-liter gasoline turbo available with Saab XWD for 9-3 Sport
    Sedan, SportCombi and 9-3X soft-roader
  • Distinctive TX special edition continued across the range
  • New rear badging to match format introduced on new 9-5 sedan

Saab 9-5 sedan:

  • Greater customer choice: powertrain line-up now expanded from three to six engines – 190 hp, 2.0 TTiD introduced, available with Saab XWD, as well as two-wheel drive.
  • First Saab diesel with XWD system, Offered in addition to 160 hp, 2.0 TiD engine with two-wheel drive.
  • Rightsized, 180 hp, 1.6 Turbo gasoline engine lowers price entry point. Among most efficient production engines in its class, producing 112 hp per liter
  • New 220 hp, 2.0-liter BioPower engine – able to run on gasoline and/or E85 fuel (85% bioethanol,15% gasoline) in any blends.


For those of you who were expecting more from the 9-3 in terms of exterior and interior changes, I’ve mentioned previously that those changes are now expected later in the model year, possibly as a MY2011.5 enhancement or as an early release for the 2012 model year.

What we’ve got here for the 9-3, however, should not be regarded in any way as insignificant. This is a major enhancement of the 9-3 model range for Saab because the changes made go to making the car much more marketable in Europe, a continent where Saab should be doing so much better than what it has done in the last 5 years or so.

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Press Release: Wider Engine Choice for Saab’s All-new Flagship (Saab 9-5)

TTiD and XWD? Here it is in the 2011 Saab 9-5!

The release also announces the 1.6T base petrol version and the arrival of adaptive cruise control.


Just two months after its launch, the appeal of the new Saab 9-5 sedan is significantly broadened by the introduction of three new engines, doubling the size of the powertrain menu.

For Model Year 2011, a 190 hp/140 kW, 2.0-liter turbo diesel makes Saab XWD, the widely-acclaimed all-wheel-drive system, available for the first time with compression ignition. Using two-stage turbocharging, this new engine combines strong performance with impressive frugality and joins the current 160 hp/118 kW, single turbo version.

The gasoline line-up is extended by the addition of a highly efficient, 180 hp/132 kW, 1.6-liter turbo, reinforcing Saab’s engine rightsizing strategy and establishing a lower price entry point for the range. A 220 hp/162 kW, 2.0-liter BioPower engine – able to run on gasoline and/or E85 fuel (85% bioethanol, 15% gasoline) in any blends – is also introduced.

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